Sneakers are hot stuff and Asics, the running shoe brand, is seeking to further heighten its street cred in the U.S. by bringing its collaboration with London-based men's wear designer Kiko Kostadinov to the American market.Called the Gel-Burz 1, the shoe features Kostadinov’s unusual pattern-cutting and intricate detail with the functionality of a running shoe.Exclusively for men, the Gel-Burz 1 model features a dark exterior color palette, a favorite of the designer, of lime green, birch and black layered onto a thin cover of rubber.“Kostadinov’s original designs are eerie, dark and have begun creating buzz all over London," said Paul Miles, the chief marketing officer for Asics Corp. “Asics partnered with Kostadinov on a shared vision of applying innovative fashion to a performance shoe and we are so excited to introduce the Gel-Burz 1 to the U.S.”The shoe made its debut today at Dover Street Market in New York and Los Angeles, Kith, Opening Ceremony, Ssense and Blends. It was first offered for sale in Europe last month and retails for $250.
Breaking: @cushnieetochs’ co-founders @carlycushnie and @ochsmichelle are parting ways. After a 10-year run, Ochs is leaving the brand. Get the full story on WWD.com – link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
@maybelline’s Kanako Takase had snow bunnies in mind when creating the beauty look for @philipppleininternational. Playing off of the bedazzled snowboards in the collection, Takase mixed two highlighters together for a luminous sheen. #wwdbeauty #nyfw (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
“There’s a huge gap between the old way of doing things and today. It takes the youth to help evolve that. You have to count on the kids today to help lead you into the future. A lot of these retailers are stuck in the past. Communication is the biggest thing,” said @ronniefieg of @kith on the youth’s role in retail. On Monday night, Jeff Staple moderated a keynote session with Fieg and @syresmith at Assembly - a series of workshops, talks and keynotes addressing topics or issues in the apparel industry. Head to WWD.com to read more advice from Fieg and what Smith thinks of his dad @willsmith’s Instagram account and sustainability (📷: @weston.wells)
@joansmalls closed the @michaelkors fall 2018 show in black sequined pants and a varsity T printed with 19 on the front and 81 on the back. 1981 – the year Kors went into business. #wwdfashion #nfyw (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
“You think your life is going to be a certain way, and nothing you thought would happen ends up happening. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be designing clothes and working with Mickey Drexler, and building something I’m deeply proud of,” said Jenna Lyons. Nine months after leaving @jcrew, Lyons is exploring the meaning of happiness. Read the interview, where Lyons talks about reinvention and more on WWD.com – link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Farrell) #jennalyons #jcrew